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July 3, 2018

Americans are living longer. Forty years ago, average life expectancy was 73.5. Today the average US citizen can expect to blow out candles on their 79th birthday. Even living to 100 was once consigned to science fiction. No more.

Americans are living longer. Forty years ago, average life expectancy was 73.5. Today the average US citizen can expect to blow out candles on their 79th birthday.

Even living to 100 was once consigned to science fiction. No more.

Indeed, getting long in the tooth has caught the eye of finance wonks at UBS, the Swiss bank, whose latest report probes investment intentions of would-be centenarians.

April 30, 2018

The ancient religious trust known as the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is coming back into vogue in Dubai. Not only are waqfs a way for families to set up charitable foundations and launch their charitable funds, they are also popular among family business principals who want to organise their inheritance in confidence.

The ancient religious trust known as the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is coming back into vogue in Dubai. Not only are waqfs a way for families to set up charitable foundations and launch their charitable funds, they are also popular among family business principals who want to organise their inheritance in confidence.

This emerging trend, along with law changes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), could be a big boost for smoother succession planning.

April 16, 2018

How do families keep the creative spark alive while keeping order? The awkward truth at the heart of family governance is that procedural frameworks and innovation are not natural bedfellows

How do families keep the creative spark alive while keeping order? The awkward truth at the heart of family governance is that procedural frameworks and innovation are not natural bedfellows.

March 14, 2018

Last Christmas came early for millions of Americans when US president Donald Trump signed a $1.5 trillion Republican tax reform bill into law. “You all just got a lot richer,” Trump told wealthy friends at his private Florida club after endorsing the first major overhaul of US tax laws in 21 years...

Last Christmas came early for millions of Americans when US president Donald Trump signed a $1.5 trillion Republican tax reform bill into law. “You all just got a lot richer,” Trump told wealthy friends at his private Florida club after endorsing the first major overhaul of US tax laws in 21 years.

Hardly a tactful quip, but when has Donald Trump fretted over tact? Analysts say the president may be $15 million personally better off.

December 18, 2017

Why are family-controlled companies in Asia-Pacific much more likely to be publicly listed than in other parts of the world?

Why are family-controlled companies in Asia-Pacific much more likely to be publicly listed than in other parts of the world?

November 23, 2017

Jan van Bueren and Thomas Ming, of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland, outline one of the key elements to look out for when establishing a single-family office; its location

Jan van Bueren and Thomas Ming, of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland, outline one of the key elements to look out for when establishing a single-family office; its location

When families consider setting-up their own single-family office (SFO), they often overlook the matter of the jurisdiction in which that family office should be. This is actually an essential element that deserves serious thought.

There are quite a few questions that need answering before deciding on the jurisdiction for a SFO:

November 23, 2017

This has been the debate here—how to convince elder patriarchs that succession planning will fit with their life and afterlife. When they reach their 70s or 80s, they are preoccupied with facing God, not legacy, and so this region is at risk of losing big businesses.

The Arabian Gulf as we know it did not exist more than 50 years ago, as far as world maps were concerned, and while the region emerged in wealth due to oil and gold, the wealth was concentrated in tribal families.

November 3, 2017

Warren Buffett famously said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it".

Warren Buffett famously said: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it”. These days, given the influence of social media and direct consumer feedback, the smallest issue can have widespread consequences for businesses. Not surprisingly, a survey by the Reputation Institute revealed that reputation is a top priority for 65% of business leaders. However, only 16% felt their organisation had the capability to manage their reputation comprehensively.

October 30, 2017

Socially progressive, but with a streak of personal resilience, four generations of Kohlers have built one of America’s oldest and most successful privately-held companies. Margie Goldsmith finds out how the plumbers found success in the pipeline

Socially progressive, but with a streak of personal resilience, four generations of Kohlers have built one of America’s oldest and most successful privately-held companies. Margie Goldsmith finds out how the plumbers found success in the pipeline

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